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Benjamin Seeley, Jr
  • August 18, 1945
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  • June 07, 2020

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Benjamin Jackson Seeley, III, 74, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 7, 2020.

Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Benjamin J. and Janice (Yuhas) Seeley.  A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he attended the University of Scranton on the GI Bill, receiving both a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration.

After retirement, Ben became an avid writer, penning two books: “The Other Shoulder,” which won the Royal Palm Literary Award and was a William Faulkner Award semifinalist, and “The Bugle Boy,” a RPLA semifinalist.

Ben was known for his adventurous spirit and sense of humor. He was a risk taker and enjoyed hosting family and social gatherings.  A dedicated family man, Ben never missed a monumental moment of his children’s or nieces’ lives.  He was fiercely protective and stood firmly for what he felt was right. He loved fishing, boating, motorcycles, sports cars, writing, traveling and being with family.

Ben is survived by his wife, Maryann Seeley, New Smyrna Beach, FL; daughter Heather Shiptoski and husband Jason of Quakertown, PA; son Jason Seeley and wife Bessie of Orlando, FL; daughter Kimberly Crain and husband Cory of New Smyrna Beach; grandchildren Jackson Shiptoski, Quakertown, PA, Harrison Seeley, Orlando, FL, and Brynn, Briar and Reid Crain, New Smyrna Beach, FL; nieces Heidi Marshall, Lancaster, PA, Dawn B Duncan, Brooklyn, NY, and Chandell Terwilliger, Corvallis, OR; and two grand nephews and nieces.

Ben is preceded in death by his sister, Sue L. Becker, and grandson Matthew Benjamin Seeley.


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  1. Ellen Mc Cormick says:
    13 Jun 2020
    Mary Ann.my condolences and. prayers to you and your family.
    On a liter side I know how much you Loved him when he went on his Bike ride and broke down and you needed to get a trailer and drive up to rescue him and we both laughed. I am hear for you just let me know
    Love your neighbor Ellen

  2. Lois A. Heckman says:
    12 Jun 2020
    Dear MaryAnn, We cannot express the void we feel in our hearts for You and Bennie right now. He was a great friend and we always loved visiting with you. Prayers to you and your family. Love You. Bob and Lois.

  3. Diane Dowling says:
    12 Jun 2020
    I know both of you from work. Ben was a good man and I enjoyed working with him

  4. Barbara Liberasky Nowcki says:
    12 Jun 2020
    I knew Ben in High School. I remember him as being bright, friendly, and fun to be with. My sincerest condolences to his wife and family. May he Rest In Peace.

  5. Nikki lit a candle:
    12 Jun 2020
    Lit since June 12, 2020 at 6:53:42 AM

  6. STAR says:
    11 Jun 2020
    Sorry for your loss.
    Star and Kathy Topa-2nd cousins of Ben.

  7. Rosemarie Daniels says:
    11 Jun 2020
    Ben was always a happy caring man. It was always obvious how much he loved his family. He will be greatly missed by many.

  8. Karen Yerke says:
    11 Jun 2020
    You will be missed Ben. Rest in peace and know that your loved ones will miss you until you are reunited again. Your Cuz Karen

  9. Robin Underwood says:
    11 Jun 2020
    Rest in Peace Ben. You will be missed.

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